Hume: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by Alfred Ayer

Hume: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

byAlfred Ayer

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Hume is one of the greatest of all British philosophers, and even in his own lifetime was celebrated as one of the pivotal figures of the Enlightenment. A central theme of his philosophy is the conviction that questions traditionally thought of as completely independent of the scientificrealm-questions about the mind, about morality, and about God, for example-are actually best explained using the experimental methods characteristic of the natural sciences. Hume's 'naturalist' approach to a wide variety of philosophical topics resulted in highly original theories about perception,self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, all of which are discussed in this stimulating introduction by A J Ayer, himself one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. Ayer also gives an account of Hume's fascinating life and character, and includes generousquotations from Hume's lucid and often witty writings.

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Sir Alfred Ayer, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford from 1959 to 1978, was a Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford, and of the British Academy. He was the author of many well-known philosophical works, including Language, Truth and Logic, The Central Questions of Philosophy, and Russell. His autobiographical Part of My Life was publishe...
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Title:Hume: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Life and character; 2. Aims and methods; 3. Bodies and selves; 4. Cause and effect; 5. Morals, politics and religion; Bibliographical note; Index.